DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Jackie Bokis (Spencer, Mass.) provided the deciding point with a three-set win at number six singles that lifted UMass Dsrtmouth to a 5-4 Little East Conference women’s tennis dual-match victory over Plymouth State Saturday afternoon on the UMD Courts.
After dropping two of the three doubles contests, the host Corsairs (7-3, 3-2 LEC) received straight set triumphs at the top three singles spots from freshman Lauren Morgart (Weston, Mass.), senior Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) and junior Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) to counter victories by the visiting Panthers (6-4, 3-2 LEC) at number four and five singles by junior Kerstin Venincasa (Sutton, Mass.) and freshman Hanna Street (New Castle, N.H.). That set the stage for the deciding contest at number six singles, as after Plymouth State junior Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) won the first set by a 7-5 margin, Bokis came back to win the final two sets by identical 6-3 margins to cap UMass Dartmouth’s comeback.
Morgart and Fastino provided a key doubles point for the Corsairs at the top spot, as the duo posted an 8-7 victory that included a 7-4 triumph in the tiebreaker. Venincasa and Sundquist combined for an 8-3 win at number two doubles for the Panthers, who received an 8-7 triumph (7-1 in the tiebreaker) at the number three position from the tandem of Street and freshman Kira Winter (Eliot, Maine).
UMass Dartmouth heads to Salem, Mass. on Tuesday afternoon for a Little East Conference dual-match with Salem State beginning at 3:30 pm, while Plymouth State hosts Southern Maine in Little East dual-match action on Wednesday afternoon in Plymouth, N.H. that begins at 4:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Bridget Bagana '22)